Did you know that adding a few vegetarian meals to your diet each week can help save energy and fuel and can even improve your health? Raising livestock increases greenhouse gases, uses a lot of water (cows can drink 50 gallons of water a day), and makes use of farmland that could be better used to plant crops.
Here are four ways to “veg-out” with meat alternatives:
- Plant power: Plant-based proteins, like chia seeds, hemp seeds, broccoli, kale, and mushrooms, all pack a protein punch with 2 to 4 grams of protein per serving (find your protein requirements at https://fnic.nal.usda.gov/fnic/dri-calculator/).
- Meat-like fare: Veggies like mushrooms, eggplant, and jackfruit (a fruit), have a meat-like texture and are very versatile in recipes. Tofu, tempeh, and seitan have a meaty texture as well, and they take on the flavor of the dish and seasonings in your recipe.
- Beans and legumes: Beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts, oh my! From peanut butter to hummus, you’re adding to your daily protein intake by including these delicious alternatives.
- Beat it: Eggs whether hard-boiled, poached, over-easy, or folded into an omelet, are an easy, nutrient-rich whole food.
Tip adapted from Medical News Today[i]
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